published on May 2, 2017 - 11:41 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The prospects of sharing detailed ride data and facing new fees has led Uber to discontinue its service at Fresno Yosemite International Airport.

Airport officials announced Monday afternoon that the ride sharing service would no longer drop off or pick up travelers at the airport because of a dispute over its operating agreement.

An Uber representative said it has been negotiating with airport officials over the last few months to resolve the matter, but “the new fees and data requirements proposed by the airport go above and beyond requirements in place for airport of comparable size across the region.”

“We look forward to further discussions with the airport so that Uber can again provide the affordable, convenient ride that both riders and drivers have come to rely on,” the statement continues.

Uber had agreed to pay a $3 round-trip fee to operate there, but the city council recently voted down that measure. Uber had faced a request of a $2 pick-up and drop-off fee, totaling $4 for a round trip.

Airport officials said the latest hitch stems from their wish to use a designated third-party clearinghouse to track ride data that would be used in assessing a fee. Uber had agreed to provide monthly data reports, but feels the airport’s reporting requirements would pose a privacy threat to drivers.

Uber and Lyft, which will continue to operate at the airport, account for an average of 3,000 airport drop-offs each month, according to airport officials.

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